When One of the Triple Threat Is Murdered, All Eyes Turn to Justice.
Cassidy, Allison, and Nicole fight for justice everyday—Cassidy as a crime reporter, Nicole as an FBI agent, and Allison as a federal prosecutor. Together they’re a Triple Threat to be reckoned with. A force that, together, has solved the toughest mysteries.
Until a ruthless killer finds a way to isolate and murder one of the three.
When the authorities keep the survivors at arm’s length in the investigation, the women’s desire for justice goes into overdrive. They find an unexpected ally in a quirky private investigator named Ophelia whose unorthodox methods seem to offer a possible breakthrough in the case.
Yet just as the police appear to have the killer in custody and justice within sight, the murderer strikes again. Not knowing whom to trust, the team must engage in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse where nothing can be taken at face value . . . and nothing will ever be the same.
A riveting Triple Threat mystery that will leave readers shocked and satisfied.
“[S]hocking, fast-paced . . . For those seeking gal pal tales reminiscent of Tess Gerritsen’s Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, the Triple Threat adventures are a sure bet.” —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Lis Wiehl is one of the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded legal commentators. The former legal analyst for Fox News and the O’Reilly Factor, she has appeared regularly on Your World with Neil Cavuto, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and the Imus morning shows, and was the host of the Wiehl of Justice podcast. She is also a professor at New York Law School and a host on the Law & Crime live trial network. A former legal analyst and reporter for NBC News and NPR’s All Things Considered, she also served as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office and was a tenured professor of law at the University of Washington. Wiehl earned her JD from Harvard Law School and her MA in literature from the University of Queensland. She lives near New York City.
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EYES OF JUSTICEA Triple Threat Novel
By LIS WIEHL APRIL HENRY
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2012 Lis Wiehl and April Henry
All right reserved.
Chapter OneWhen the authorities questioned Channel Four's receptionist later about the phone call, Marcy King couldn't recall a single distinguishing characteristic about the voice of the person who had made it. Age, accent, attitude—all she could remember was that it belonged to a man. A man insisting that he had to speak to Cassidy Shaw, the TV station's crime reporter.
Cazdeshaw," Cassidy said into her headpiece, fast enough that her name ran into a single blurred word. Her hands never stilled on her keyboard. She was finishing a piece for the evening news, a terrible story about a man who had killed his two children rather than see his ex-wife get full custody.
"Is this Cassidy Shaw?" A man's voice, so soft it was nearly a whisper.
"Yes." She lifted her fingers, straining to hear. That sixth sense she had, the sixth sense that had never steered her wrong, told Cassidy it would be worth her while to listen.
"I've got a story for you." He hesitated and then said in a rush, "About a cover-up."
Her elation slipped away as fast as it had come. A cover-up? It sounded like some sort of boring malfeasance. "You know I handle the crime beat, right? I could transfer you to the business reporter." Her hand was already hovering over the button on the phone.
"No!" Panic edged his voice. "I only want to talk to you. It's about the Portland Police Bureau. And what's being covered up is ... well, I don't want to get into it on the phone. Something bad."
The Portland Police Bureau? Cassidy's antennae were quivering again. "What's your name?"
"I can't give you my name over the phone. If they find out I talked, I'm in big trouble."
"Come down to the station then." She opened a new document, typed in the words police cover-up, and hit the save key. "I would love to talk to you."
His voice arced higher. "Are you crazy? If I'm seen walking into Channel Four, something will happen to me. I could end up being shot in the back and they'd rule it an accident."
What could be bad enough that this man feared being murdered? Whatever it was, it had to be juicy. Cassidy hoped he couldn't hear the soft tap-tapping of her fingers on the keys.
"Then we can meet someplace else—a Starbucks, a restaurant, a shopping mall," she said in a soothing tone. "You name it."
"You're not listening to me. It can't be anywhere out in the open. Not where people can see me. If anyone sees me talking to you, I'm as good as dead."
"I could wear a baseball cap," Cassidy said as she typed in the words as good as dead. "And dark glasses."
"That won't work. Everyone in Portland knows who you are!"
Cassidy smiled, but was careful not to let it color her voice. "So why'd you call me?"
"Because you're the only one who has the guts to break this story. We all saw how you stood up to Rick. Everyone wanted that hushed up, but you wouldn't step off."
Rick McEwan was Cassidy's old boyfriend. And a cop. Over time he had changed from a generous and loving boyfriend to a man who kept her in line with well-timed outbursts of violence. Finally Cassidy had gathered her courage, pressed charges against him, and gone public with her story. She had laid her heart bare on live TV, spoken honestly about how even a smart woman could find herself cowering and afraid. The piece had won some local awards.
But what she really dreamed of was an Emmy.
"I watch you," the caller said now. "Even when you went after Rick, you were fair. You didn't throw mud at the whole bureau, just Rick, and everyone knows he's bad news. I figure you'll be fair here too."
From the way this guy talked, he had to be a cop.
"Okay, maybe we don't have to meet," she said, as she typed in Rick McEwan and a question mark. Was he hinting that Rick was involved? "You can just tell me what you know."
And then later she could talk him into being filmed in silhouette with his voice artificially deepened.
"But I have proof. Proof I need to show you."
"What kind of proof?"
"Proof that they planted that gun on that homeless guy. He was just a crazy transient, but they lost control and killed him."
This story was vaguely familiar. Cassidy hadn't covered it because it had been an open–and–shut case. In a new computer window she opened Channel Four's website and typed in the words homeless, Portland, police, and shooting. A few seconds later she found the story: Homeless Man Shot Dead by Police. Her eyes quickly scanned the three short paragraphs.
Two weeks earlier, just before midnight, an officer responding to a prowler call had been dispatched to northeast Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. When the cop spotted the suspect, the guy ran. The officer gave chase and was joined by five other cops. According to Sgt. Joe Morton of the police bureau's media relations division, at some point during the foot chase the suspect produced a handgun. After pointing it at the responding officers, he was shot by one of them, Kevin Craine.
Cassidy leaned closer to the screen. Rick McEwan had been one of the other officers on the scene. At the sight of his name, the hair rose on her arms.
The story went on to say that the prowler, Vernell Williams, a black man who normally lived in a ravine underneath a freeway overpass, had been declared dead at the scene. Records revealed that he had spent time in prison, in mental health treatment, and in rehab.
Mentally ill, black, homeless, an alcoholic, an ex-con. Any of which could be problematic when it came to the local police. The Portland Police Bureau had an unfortunate history of occasionally treating crazies like criminals, seeing danger when there might not be any, and miscommunicating among themselves.
In the last year the city had made three expensive settlements: two for using excessive force and one for a wrongful death. And the chief of police had been working to change the perception that Portland cops would rather shoot first and ask questions later.
In the news brief, Williams's family said they couldn't believe he'd had a gun. But without evidence there was no way it could be proved that he hadn't. Now Cassidy was being offered that proof.
"How do you know what really happened?" she asked.
"Because I was there," he said, confirming Cassidy's suspicion. "We all promised to tell the same story. The chief has been wanting to make an example of someone to prove he's serious about shaking things up. If you shoot an unarmed civilian, at the very least you could lose your badge. Maybe even go to prison. So they planted a piece on this guy."
"A throw-down gun."
"Who supplied it?" Cassidy wondered if she already knew the answer.
"I'm not saying that on the phone. But it was a spur-of-the-moment decision. And now we're all in too deep to go back. If the others knew I was talking, they might feel like they had no choice but to ..." His voice trailed off. "But I keep thinking about the poor guy they shot. If someone like you starts asking questions, maybe the truth will come out."
This story was dynamite. They had to meet. Someplace private. Someplace safe. Someplace where people wouldn't notice them.
Her condo building.
Riverside Condominiums was a great place to go if you wanted to be unobserved. The builders had broken ground at the height of the real estate mania, when property was appreciating 15 percent every year. Everyone had wanted in. The management held lotteries to choose who was allowed to buy, and Cassidy had felt lucky when her number came up. Six months later the bottom fell out of the market. Roughly half the units in her building remained unoccupied. A lot of investors ended up walking away from the debt, giving their units back to the bank. As a result, the building was often eerily silent.
"Okay," Cassidy said. "How about this? There are a couple of meeting rooms in my condo building. No one ever uses them." It had been one of the perks of the building, but the parties and business meetings the owners had envisioned never materialized. She had signed her mortgage agreement in one of them, and that might have been the last time it had been occupied.
The caller finally agreed, reluctantly. Cassidy added up the time in her head. She agreed to meet him at six forty-five, after the last broadcast of the local news. She was supposed to be joining Allison and Nicole for dinner at seven thirty, but like her, they were professionals. They'd understand if a story caused a delay. She sent a quick text to each of them.
Might be a bit late—following a lead. Save some chips and salsa for me.
As she drove home, Cassidy's hands were slick on the wheel, and it wasn't just from the oppressive August heat. There was no doubt this story could be dangerous. Cops—even good cops—tended to band together when one of them was under attack. And Rick was far from a good cop. The story had so much potential. And she would be the one to break it.
What Cassidy didn't realize was that this story would really break her.
Chapter TwoI can see why Cassidy likes this place," Allison Pierce said as she lifted a tortilla chip laden with bean dip to her mouth. She bit down with a satisfying crunch.
Puerto Marquez was a wild riot of colors, from the purple carpet to the bright seascape murals decorating the walls. Each of the restaurant's chairs was a different color of the rainbow—green, purple, orange, yellow—and the backs were covered with paintings of flowers and birds.
The sounds were nearly as overwhelming as the colors: Mexican folk music drifting from the kitchen fought with Spanish-language infomercials playing on two of the dining room's big-screen televisions. The other two TVs were broadcasting Spanish telenovelas with the sound turned down. Overlaying the music and advertisements was the rattle of three aging air conditioners turned on full blast.
Nicole Hedges nodded, looking a little shell-shocked. Whenever it was Nicole's turn to choose a restaurant for the three of them, she tended to pick places where the loudest sound was the clink of ice cubes.
Puerto Marquez was located in a strip mall in a less-than-glamorous part of outer Southeast Portland. Without Cassidy's recommendation, Allison wouldn't have given the place a second look, but their friend had sworn that the restaurant had the best Mexican food in Portland. It didn't hurt that free chips, salsa, and refried beans had appeared on their table as soon as they sat down.
Allison thumbed through the huge menu, pages and pages encased in clear plastic. Despite the aggressive air-conditioning, her fingers slid on the pages. It was nearly eight o'clock, and she bet the temperature outside still hadn't dropped below eighty-five. Because of the heat, she had left most of what she thought of as her "court uniform" in the car—the suit jacket, white blouse, and pumps—and was now wearing just a white camisole, a dark blue skirt, and flip-flops. Her hair was still pinned up from this morning, but tendrils kept falling in front of her eyes or, more annoyingly, finding their way between her lips.
She hooked a strand out of the corner of her mouth and took another sip of her margarita, wondering just how late Cassidy would be. Maybe she'd sent a second text? But when Allison checked her phone again, there was nothing new.
Nicole put her hand on Allison's wrist. At the touch of her cool fingers, Allison set her phone back on the table.
"Stop checking," Nicole said. "You know that in ten or twenty minutes Cassidy will come running in, knocking some poor customer in the head with that big old black tote of hers. That girl is always late." As she spoke, Nic managed to dip a tortilla chip into the bean dip and the salsa without snapping it in half.
Nicole's description of Cassidy was on the money. Cassidy was always multitasking, always looking for a shortcut, always in a hurry, and always, as Nicole had said, late.
"Maybe I should start telling her we're meeting half an hour earlier than we really are," Allison suggested. "That way she might actually be on time for a change."
Nicole shook her head. "The leopard doesn't change its spots. Cassidy is Cassidy, and that means she's always late. It means a lot of other things too, but right now it means we shouldn't wait for her before we place our order."
The three of them had been friends for six years, though they had been acquainted with each other for much longer. Sixteen years earlier they had graduated from Catlin Gabel, one of Portland's elite private schools. In high school they had barely known each other. Cassidy had been a cheerleader. Nicole had stood out by virtue of being one of the fewer than a half-dozen African American students. And Allison had captained the debate team.
At their ten-year high school reunion, the three women realized they now had something more than an alma mater in common: crime. Cassidy covered it for Channel Four, Nicole investigated it for the FBI, and Allison prosecuted it for the federal government. At the time, Nicole had been working out of the Denver FBI field office, but a few months later she was transferred back to Portland and started working cases with Allison.
Soon after, the three women met for dinner, and a friendship began over a shared dessert called Triple Threat Chocolate Cake. In its honor, they had half jokingly christened themselves the Triple Threat Club. Now whenever they got together they always ordered the most decadent dessert on the menu—but just one serving, and three forks.
Allison wasn't sure, since most of Puerto Marquez's menu was in Spanish with no translation, but she thought the only dessert available here might be a flan.
Their waiter came up, and the two women ordered. After he left, Nicole said, "Some idiot almost ran me over today."
"What?" Allison straightened up.
"Yeah, I was out for a run at lunch, and some guy in an old beater came out of nowhere." Raising her hands, Nicole made a shoving motion. "I managed to push myself off his hood. Somehow I stayed on my feet and made it to the other side of the car. I'm lucky he didn't break my legs, or worse. As it is, I know I'm going to be really stiff tomorrow."
Despite the air-conditioning, Allison shivered. "Did you get his license plate number?"
Nicole grimaced. "The car was filthy. There was mud all over the plate."
Allison replayed her friend's words. "Wait—did you say you were running? It must have been ninety degrees by lunchtime."
The city was on the second day of over one-hundred-degree temperatures, and coping poorly. While most businesses had air-conditioning, a lot of older homes didn't. It was also an oddly muggy heat for Portland, which usually didn't have much humidity. The weathermen had promised a thunderstorm the night before, but it never came.
Nicole shrugged. "Lunch is the only free time I have. It's not that bad if you wear sunglasses and drink lots of water."
"I'll take your word for it. I can't stand this heat much longer." Allison made a face. "When I got in my car to come here it was like getting into a blazing oven. A blazing oven that was on fire. Inside a volcano."
Nicole smiled. "Don't you guys have air-conditioning at home?"
"Only in our bedroom. It's either turn the air-conditioning on and listen to it rattle, or turn it off and baste in your own sweat."
Nicole took another sip of her margarita. "Which one are you—the one who prefers silence or the one who would rather be cool?"
"We alternate." Allison pushed a piece of hair out of her eyes. She
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This was first book by Lis Wiehl with April Henry that I have read. It was exciting, suspenseful, factual police work. Situated in Portland, OR, as I am, made it more interesting like I was a part of it. Moves fast and I did not want to put it down until I finished. I will now go back and read the author's other books. Their characters are very believable and likeable. It keeps you enthralled from beginning to end. I look forward to reading more of this series in the near future.
Lis Wiehl’s Triple Threat series takes a very unexpected turn! One of the Triple Threat heroines dies! And the other two are trying to track down her killer, while trying to avoid getting killed themselves. This is the fourth book in the series by Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl (with author April Henry), in which three women—a crime reporter, federal prosecutor and FBI agent, solve crime by day and bond over chips and salsa and margaritas by night. Like all of its predecessors, this book is a great blend of mystery, suspense and chick lit. The friendships between the women are portrayed realistically, complete with occasional insecurities and self-doubts, but also fierce loyalty. The characters mature and progress as the story unfolds. The murder of one of the main characters is definitely more shocking if you’ve read the previous books, because you’re more emotionally connected to all the characters. So I’d recommend reading the other books in the series first! But then read this one—you’re going to love it. Wiehl’s books read a bit like the script for an episode of CSI, and her experience as a television reporter (and a former prosecutor) has enabled her to create authentic characters. This particular story is a bit edgier than the prior books, especially because the women are trying to solve a murder mystery that they are not specifically assigned to work on—so they have to go “undercover” and keep getting in trouble with the police for interfering. This is another satisfying mystery, with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. Just when you think you know “whodunnit” the story unfolds in a different direction. I don’t want to give away what happens, but you’ll definitely be surprised. Published by Thomas Nelson, the world’s largest Christian publisher, the book contains spiritual threads, but is not at all preachy, nor is it about faith. One character, Allison, is obviously a Christian but her faith is depicted mostly by the way that she selflessly tries to help her down-and-out sister (who was introduced earlier in the series), and her friends. When the point of view switches to Allison, we read not only her thoughts but her prayers. I appreciate the subtlety of the faith message in Lis’ books—she simply makes her Christian character winsome, but not perfect. It other words, authentic.
I've watched Lis for many years on Imus in the Morning and love her personality. Now I'm thoroughly enjoying her books.
I really enjoyed this book and the entire Triple Threat series. Loved the writing style and really felt like I knew the characters. Highly recommend. Best to read in order.
Wow, I kept waiting for the initial murder to be a mistake and everything would be back to normal. It was a very exciting story with plenty of twists and turns that sadly hit close to the characters. It is an emotional investigation. Being a Christian novel, it has faith throughout in the context of everyday life. It is not preachy in any way however. It was a great murder thriller.
They called themselves the Triple Threat for their work in detecting and solving crimes. There was Nicole, the steady, quiet FBI agent. Cassidy, the vivacious, bouncy TV crime reporter. Allison, the federal prosecutor. Together, over six years, they had put away scores of criminals and the sky was the limit. Together they had a great friendship and supported each other through life's issues. But all that changed when Cassidy is murdered herself. Nic and Allison are determined to find out who killed their friend, but the case is quickly solved when the police arrest Cassidy's former lover, an abusive policeman who held a grudge. It was sad but believable, or was it? Lis Widhl has written a heartstopping, action-drive mystery that grabs the reader by the throat and doesn't let them go. Every clue seems to lead to a dead end and the criminal seems to be miles ahead of the women. Can they solve the murder successfully? This book is recommended for mystery lovers who want fast-paced action.
Having read the series, this one was very disappointing. Won't say why and ruin it for readers but upset about one of the main characters
I would give this book 4.5 stars. This is the fourth in a series. I would suggest reading the series from the beginning to best know the characters. This is a great crime solving series.
I have read all of the "Triple Threat" series and this one was fantastic! I really enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down- just when you think you have gotten the murder solved- there is another twist thrown in and you have to keep reading to find out who the killer was! Would be a great summer read- I would recommend to any of my friends!
Eyes of Justice, is the fourth novel in the Triple Threat Club series by Lis Wiehl. When I received this from Booksneeze I was excited, even though I hadn’t read the first three. Last year I reviewed Wiehl’s paranormal mystery called Waking Hours the first in her new East Salem trilogy. While this novel is part of a series, Wiehl has done an excellent job of allowing it to be read as a standalone. This was a suspenseful read, with lots of twists and characters I enjoyed. The main characters are three women who all went to high school together, but were never really friends. At a reunion, they discovered they all had a lot in common. The charming Cassidy Shaw is a crime reported at Channel Four. Allison Pierce is a federal prosecutor and Nicole Hedges is an FBI agent. One thing led to another and they all began working in Portland. They got together one evening for dinner and enjoyed themselves immensely. While each has a completely different personality, they bring out the best in each other. That night they shared a rich chocolate dessert. One slice, three forks and they jokingly called themselves the Triple Threat Club. That was six years ago and they have been friends ever since. When this novel begins, it’s Cassidy’s turn to choose the restaurant, and she picks loud and Mexican. However, she text the gals that she will be late, when a mysterious caller tells her he has proof that the cops planted a gun to cover up a shooting. Cassidy never makes it to dinner, and the tale that unfolds is suspenseful as Allison and clue driven Nicole search to understand what happened to Cassidy. When Portland PD decides they cannot be involved, they hire Ophelia, an independently wealthy private investigator to help. The tale was very suspenseful, and I didn’t figure out who was involved until almost the end. I really enjoyed Eyes of Justice. Each character has a unique personality. Wiehl did a great job of sharing their personal lives with us as they worked to solve the case. I really liked the new character Ophelia and hope to see more of her in future novels. I became emotionally invested in these women and wanted them to succeed. This is a faith-based novel, but Wiehl doesn’t drown us in religious messages. Instead, one of the characters is religious and draws on her faith to help her through the investigation. It felt genuine and not preachy. The plot had a great pace and twists that kept me glued to the book. I consumed this in a few sittings and was thoroughly entertained.
This is one of the most exciting book that I have ever read received from the publisher Thomas Nelson Publishing. I was given a copy of this to review without obligation in my part to give a glowing review. However, I am pleased to say that the authors had done well. This book was full of suspense and I can't help but to finish it off at one setting. The authors had captured human emotions effectively. I found myself tearing at the scene where they found the body and I can "feel" the frustration that Nicole felt when she saw her incompetent colleague was going to ruin the scene of the crime and yet she can't prevent it. What I love about the book is that the authors managed to portray the severity of the crime without resorting to foul language and violent words. In fact, they even managed to put in the relationship with God without it being disruptive to the flow of the book. I certainly look forward to the next book by the authors and impatiently waiting to see what role Ophelia is going to play in the next book.
Eyes of Justice by Lis Wiehl is the latest installment in the Triple Threat series, which showcases the struggle of Cassidy, a reporter; Nicole, an FBI agent and Allison, a federal prosecutor, towards crime. But this issue is surely a heart-breaking for the die-hard fans of the series. This time the tragedy is too personal for the Triple Threat Sisters as one of them has been killed. Initially it appears that killer had a personal anguish towards Cassidy but as the attack on Nicole and Allison begins, it becomes clear that they are facing a fanatic who knows their every move. The race begins and they should surely buck-up or it will be an end to the Triple Threat Club. Just like other novels in the series, this one too have lots of twists and mind boggling revelations, along with a more realistic scenario of their respective departments of FBI office, a TV station and judicial structure. The best part about Lis Wiehl’s novels is that you stop playing the guessing game much before in the book. The continuously warping story makes it a delicious page turner. Even as the original group ceases to exist, introduction to a new character, Ophelia left the avenue open for new books in the series. Paramount element about this series is that it is not essential for the reader to have read the previous books, though it is recommended, to have a better understanding and emotional attachment with the characters. Other books in the series are: Face of Betrayal, Hand of Fate and Heart of Ice.
Eyes of Justice is the fourth installment of the Triple Threat Club series by Lis Wiehl. Written just as skillfully as Face of Betrayal, Hand of Fate and Heart of Ice it is full of adventure, mystery and thrills. In this book the Triple Threat Club lose one of their own and the remaining two set out to bring their friends murderer to justice. Meanwhile one of the members receives shocking news. On the road to justice they find an unlikely friend and learn to rely on God even more than before. But will they take justice too far? You’ll have to read it to find out the who, what, when, where and why of it all. But be assured you will not be disappointed. For me this was very emotional because Wiehl delves deep into the minds of people who are grieving, whose hearts cry for justice to be served while living in a place where it seems like justice is a dream. She reminds us that when we leave vengeance in God’s hands we reap the benefits of His blessings even in the midst of hard times. Eyes of Justice was at once poignant and gripping, showing just how deep the roots of friendship and revenge can go.
Edge of your seat suspense thriller! The Triple Threat was how they would always refer to themselves. It began after they met at a restaurant for dinner and ordered the most expensive dessert on the menu. Three forks for three amazing ladies that went to school together but never had anything in common until now. Cassidy Shaw was beautiful and in the public eye as often as she could be. As a top crime reporter for Channel Four, she was known as aggressive in her pursuit of justice for the underdogs. Making sure that she followed any leads possible to make sure that criminals would never get off on a technicality and if they did, she made sure that the public didn't forget about the victim. Nicole Hedges, is an up and coming top FBI agent now working in Portland, Oregon. Her boyfriend Leif Larson is also an FBI agent and they work well together covering one another's backs when it's necessary. Allison Pierce is a federal prosecutor, married to a man named Marshall. She and Marshall have been trying to have children but they seem to end up in miscarriage. Her younger sister Lindsay is a recovering addict, trying to stay sober for a year now so she can open a coffee cart in the heart of downtown Portland. Now with Allison's help in co-signing for a loan, she just may make a future for herself. When Cassidy receives a phone call advising her of a police cover-up involving her ex-boyfriend Rick, also a Portland Police Officer, she is more than interested. It seems when Cassidy went public with Rick's physical abuse, he escaped with a mild counseling session for his anger issues. Now if Cassidy can finally prove that Rick isn't the honest cop he appears to be, she may get the justice she needs. Only when this informant is afraid of retaliation, Cassidy offers to meet him at her apartment. However, when she turns up dead, Allison and Nicole are out to ensure that whatever happened to Cassidy does not fall through the cracks. In the latest crime suspense thriller, Eyes of Justice by Lis Wiehl and April Henry, the three women are about to get their toughest case yet. Following all kinds of clues in this cat and mouse mystery is what really appeals to the reader. Just when you think you're on the right path, you find you're in a dead end and the ride takes off in a completely different direction. More than 2/3rds of the way through, I still hadn't figured it out and then I got turned around again. I LOVE THIS! I want to be completely challenged. The supporting characters are believable and seeing Nicole and Allison trying to work together to uncover clues is believable considering they aren't allowed to be part of the investigation or risk being fired. I received this book compliments of Planned TV Arts for my honest review and couldn't put it down. I love a great Christian Murder Suspense Mystery and this one really appealed to me. I would rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait to read more from this incredibly talented author Lis Wiehl, who is not only a New York Times Best-Selling Author but also a Fox News Legal Analyst.
Wow! What a fast paced book! Eyes of Justice is book 4 of the Triple Threat series, but don't worry, if you haven't read the first 3 you will still enjoy reading this one! Mysteries abound in this story, and the authors constantly kept me guessing. Not once throughout the book did I think I knew who the murderer was, there was one main suspect, but the evidence just wasn't there to back up the suspicions (never fear, I'm not giving away any of the story). Nicole, Cassidy, and Allison have such a great relationship among them. They are 3 strong women, each with their own opinions and convictions. They are able to work together, hold true to their beliefs, and never compromise in their jobs. They knew each other back in high school, but did not become friends until their 10 year high school reunion! The only downside to Eyes of Justice...I felt that there were some loose ends that had not been completed. I am hoping there is a 5th book in the series, I would love to have some questions answered! I did feel that the very end of the book, between the last few chapters, was rushed, that is where most of the unanswered questions were left. If your looking for a mystery, this is a 5 star book you'll want to make sure to read! **I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.**
In this newest installment of the "Triple Threat Club," one of them is murdered. It is so unexpected, so devastating, and all the remaining two can think of is catching the killer. But, the killer may be out to get more than one member of the group. A new character arrives on the scene. Her name is Olivia and while she is young and rich, she is also reclusive and picky about what she does with her time. As a PI she can be. This is a case she wants to help with and dives in. While the investigation takes her places she doesn't want to go, she is after the truth. Will the killer discover who she is and mark her for murder too? Why are Cassidy, Allison, and Nicole targets? Is this fourth novel the end of the series? Come join the ladies in their hunt for a killer. I was shocked when one of these ladies was murdered and the others became targets. I have really enjoyed reading about these three strong female characters and didn't want any of them to die. But.... Lis Wiehl sucked me right into the story again and it wouldn't let me go until I finished. Olivia was an interesting character to add to the story, and I enjoyed learning more about the others. I recommend this book to all mystery/suspense/murder book readers. You will not be disappointed!
For the past several years Cassidy Shaw, a crime reporter, Allison Pierce, a federal prosecutor, and Nicole Hedges, and FBI agent, have worked together using their various jobs in the crime fighting world to bring criminals to justice. They have even nicknamed themselves the Triple Threat after a favorite dessert that they shared. But then tragedy strikes one of their own, turning their worlds' upside down. *Spoiler Alert* Now the two remaining members must learn who killed their friend and why. All leads point to an angry ex-boyfriend, but somehow it just doesn't make sense. Not only that but their continued interference in a police case could threaten their jobs. When things take another sinister turn can a new friend lead them to the truth? I was a little hesitant to choose this book, but I've been meaning to branch out from my typical romantic fiction and this seemed like a good place to start. For about the first half of the book I was kind of bored, it was a little repetitive, all about the remaining members of the Triple Threat being sad and confused, and I get that that would happen it just didn't seem to ever change much, mostly the same stuff over and over. However towards the second half I was pretty hooked, I managed to finish the second half in a day, whereas the first took me about a month. As far as mystery/suspense goes I think this is a pretty decent choice, far better than some others I've seen. My one surprise was that I had expected from what I had read about the book that it was a Christian book, but while God was mentioned a few times I wouldn't call it enough to truly call it a Christian book. This may not be an issue for some people but it may be for others. Content Advisory: Alcohol: Practically all of the characters drink on quite a few occasions and at least one ends up slightly drunk. Drugs: A specific drug is mentioned in the context of a crime. Sexual: A character visits a stripper club to gain evidence, there are no explicit descriptions. Several crimes discussed mention rape. Violence: As this is a murder mystery violence is to be expected. One person is strangled and stabbed, another slits their own throat, another is shot, and two bodies are found with bullet holes in their heads. A man threatens a woman with a gun, chasing her, and shoots at another. So to end I will say that while this is surely much cleaner than most of its genre I have decided murder mysteries (It probably didn't help that one of the victims had the same name as me!) aren't for me. However if they are your thing this one is worth reading. I received this book from booksneeze in exchange for my review.
This is the fourth book in the Triple Threat series by Lis Wiehl and April Henry. I requested this book because the blurb gave me a 'Women's Murder Club' vibe, which I really liked. This is the story of three women and their struggles and dealings with life and the job they have to play for the society. This novel is hard to put down, and gave me enough to get really involved in the investigation of the crime that moved the whole plotline. It is suspenseful and the haunt was thrilling, and mind-jarring at times--just when you think you know who did it, you have no idea. This is an enjoyable book, mostly because it has been plotted out well. Not a boring moment did I have to spend with it and I read it in one sitting, way past the wee hours of night. The characters are also real enough to have their own individual flaws, and the descriptions were just the right kind of gruesome to both please and repulse. The writing is good, but I found the Christian references a little out-of-place at times. But with a good crime/detective novel as this, I didn't really mind. Thanks for the review copy, Booksneeze!